Former MPs on life after office: Martin Salter and Sue Doughty
1 November 2012 Last updated at 10:49 GMT
Enoch Powell said "all political careers end in failure", and most MPs fade from the public eye after their term of office.
David Thompson has been finding out if there is life after politics, when the House of Commons pass is revoked, the interview requests dry up, and ministers stop returning calls.
He spoke to Martin Salter who was the Labour MP for Reading West and Sue Doughty, the former Liberal Democrat MP for Guildford.